Nigeria: Defeat Deadly Boko Haram?

, by Laura Ikeji

Nigeria’s information minister said on
Tuesday that Boko Haram was “largely
defeated” – despite two days of grisly
attacks blamed on the armed group that
killed dozens in the volatile northeast.
Lai Mohammed said the Nigerian
government had greatly reduced Boko
Haram’s capacity to strike, adding it was
on its last legs as a rebel force since
launching an insurgency six years ago
that has killed an estimated 20,000
“Boko Haram has been largely defeated.
They know they are on their way out,”
Mohammed told journalists in Lagos.
“They lack the capacity to launch
horrendous attacks they used to do in
the past. We have succeeded in
dislodging them. Our problem now is how
to resettle the internally displaced
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
set a self-imposed deadline to stamp out
the group on December 31, and he said
recently Boko Haram had been
“technically” defeated.
However, it is believed Boko Haram was
responsible for a series of attacks last
weekend on towns in the north of
Africa’s most populous nation, calling
into question the government’s claims.